Crete Gramvousa

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Here comes another beautiful Greek card from the lovely Milda who’s now at Crete. I’m so jealous of her! 😀

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Gramvousa also Grampousa refers to two small uninhabited islands off the coast of north-western Crete in the regional unit of Chania.

Imeri Gramvousa, which translates to Tame Gramvousa, hosts the remains of a Venetian fort and the remains of buildings left behind by Cretan insurgents, who were compelled to live as pirates, during the Greek War of Independence. Today, Imeri Gramvousa is a popular tourist attraction.

Agria Gramvousa, which translates to Wild Gramvousa, is much less hospitable and is located due north of Imeri Gramvousa.

Fittingly, for an island that has accommodated pirates, there is a lagoon, named the Balos lagoon (shown on my postcard), between the island and the coast of Crete. There is an islet which forms part of a cape, through the lagoon, called Cap Tigani (which means “frying pan” in Greek). North of Balos, at the Korykon cape, are the ruins of the small ancient Roman city of Agnion, with a temple to the god Apollo.

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